Thursday, February 4, 2021

Long Division

By Gregg Shapiro                                                                              after Dave Awl


Sitting with the lost souls in the airless

circle of hell known as the State of Illinois

DMV waiting room. Which, despite being


underground and the little, useless rotating

fans mounted precariously, randomly along

the walls, manages to be 20 degrees warmer


than the street above. A half-asleep guy who

hears his number get called, jumps up, shouts

an exaggerated "Hey!" like he just won the lottery


or bingo. No one else shifts or stirs. Except for

the fans on the wall, looking shyly, slowly in

our direction, and then slowly, shyly turning away.

Gregg Shapiro is the author of seven books including the 2019 chapbooks, Sunshine State (NightBallet Press) and More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books). An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.